City of Boston launches Boston.gov on Drupal

Republished from buytaert.net

Boston.gov's new homepage

Yesterday, the City of Boston launched its new website, Boston.gov, on Drupal. Not only is Boston a city well-known around the world, it has also become my home over the past 9 years. That makes it extra exciting to see the city of Boston use Drupal.

As a company headquartered in Boston, I’m also extremely proud to have Acquia involved with Boston.gov. The site is hosted on Acquia Cloud, and Acquia led a lot of the architecture, development, and coordination. I remember pitching the project in the basement of Boston’s City Hall, so seeing the site launched less than a year later is quite exciting.

The project was a big undertaking, as the old website was 10 years old and running on Tridion. The city’s digital team, Acquia, IDEO, Genuine Interactive, and others all worked together to reimagine how a government can serve its citizens better digitally. It was an ambitious project as the whole website was redesigned from scratch in 11 months; from creating a new identity, to interviewing citizens, to building, testing and launching the new site.

Along the way, the project relied heavily on feedback from a wide variety of residents. The openness and transparency of the whole process was refreshing. Even today, the city made its roadmap public at http://roadmap.boston.gov and is actively encouraging citizens to submit suggestions. This open process is one of the many reasons why I think Drupal is such a good fit for Boston.gov.

Tell Us What You Think form

More than 20,000 web pages and one million words were rewritten in a more human tone to make the site easier to understand and navigate. For example, rather than organize information primarily by department (as is often the case with government websites), the new site is designed around how residents think about an issue, such as moving, starting a business or owning a car. Content is authored, maintained, and updated by more than 20 content authors across 120 city departments and initiatives.

Screenshot of Towed Cars page

The new Boston.gov is absolutely beautiful, welcoming and usable. And, like any great technology endeavor, it will never stop improving. The City of Boston has only just begun its journey with Boston.gov—I’m excited see how it grows and evolves in the years to come. Go Boston!

Panel on stage at Boston.gov launch

Dries on stage at Boston.gov launch

Dries and Boston mayor, Marty Walsh

Last night, there was a launch party to celebrate the launch of Boston.gov. It was an honor to give some remarks about this project alongside Boston mayor, Marty Walsh (pictured above), as well as Lauren Lockwood (Chief Digital Officer of the City of Boston) and Jascha Franklin-Hodge (Chief Information Officer of the City of Boston).

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 16.04.1

Adam Conrad has announced the release of Ubuntu 16.04.1, the first maintenance update of the distribution’s latest long-term support branch. This version is provided for users performing new installations of Ubuntu 16.04 (or any of the official Ubuntu flavours) while existing Ubuntu 16.04 users can gain the same….

Design Doc | Bounty Hunter & Deathmatch PvP

Mod Pi wants your feedback on the design for the upcoming PvP update.

Design Doc | Bounty Hunter & Deathmatch PvP

Mod Pi wants your feedback on the design for the upcoming PvP update.

Now Available: The Ultimate Fedora T-Shirt!

If you’ve been involved in free and open source projects like Fedora for very long, you know one of the most sought-after “swag” items is a t-shirt with your projects’ logo. Until now, the easiest way to get a Fedora T-shirt has been to go to a big event like Flock, or through events organized & supported by our Fedora Ambassadors around the world.

This month, our friends over at Unixstickers.com released the “Ultimate Fedora T-shirt” in their online store. Since they ship to most countries around the world, you can now get your hands on a Fedora t-shirt even if you’ve missed one of our events! The shirts are heavy-duty “classic fit” style in a variety of sizes, and are available in black and white with the Fedora logo screen printed on the front. And even better, as a bonus with your t-shirt order, they’ll throw in one of the cool Fedora stickers they also sell for your laptop or other device at no extra charge!

One of the great things about Unixstickers is their financial support of all the different awesome projects in their store. With every Fedora t-shirt order, a portion of your purchase is donated back to those projects and to other charities.

So what are you waiting for? Head over & pick up a shirt or two today!

Fedora T-Shirt (Black) Fedora T-Shirt (White)

Distribution Release: Ubuntu DesktopPack 16.04

The Ubuntu DesktopPack distribution is a remix of the Ubuntu distribution by UALinux. The Ubuntu DesktopPack features software updates and multimedia support on the installation disc. The Ubuntu DesktopPack, version 16.04, is available in six editions for both the 32-bit and 64-bit x86 architecture. “Available to download images….

WordPress 4.6 Beta 4

WordPress 4.6 Beta 4 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.6, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information on what’s new in 4.6, check out the Beta 1, Beta 2, and Beta 3 blog posts, along with in-depth field guides. This is the final planned beta of WordPress 4.6, with a release candidate scheduled for next week.

Some of the fixes in Beta 4 include:

  • Media: alt attributes are now always added to images inserted from URLs (#36735).
  • Object subtype handling has been removed from register_meta(). Details about this change are explained in a post for developers.
  • Resource hints are now limited to enqueued assets (#37385).
  • A regression with query alterations introduced by the new WP_Term_Query has been fixed (#37378).
  • The Ajax searches for installed and new plugins have been enhanced to fix several accessibility issues and to improve compatibility with older browsers. (#37233, #37373)
  • The media player MediaElement.js has been updated to 2.22.0 to fix YouTube video embeds (#37363).
  • The Import screen was overhauled, improving accessibility and making it much easier to install and run an importer (#35191).
  • Emoji support has been updated to include all of the latest Unicode 9 emoji characters (#37361). 🤠🥕🥓🕺🏽🤝🏿
  • Various bug fixes. We’ve made more than 60 changes during the last week.

Do you speak a language other than English? Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Happy testing!

This is Beta 4,
The last before RC 1.
Please test all the things.

Development Release: openSUSE 42.2 Alpha 3

Ludwig Nussel has announced the availability of the third alpha build of openSUSE 42.2, the upcoming new stable release from one of the oldest Linux distributions that’s still going strongly today: “openSUSE 42.2 alpha 3 is on the mirrors. The merge of SLE 12 SP2 core components is….

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Xfce – BETA Release





This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Xfce Edition.

Linux Mint 18 Sarah Xfce Edition

Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

What’s new in Linux Mint 18 XFCE“.

Important info:

The release notes provide important information about known issues, as well as explanations, workarounds and solutions.

To read the release notes, please visit:

Release Notes for Linux Mint 18 Xfce





System requirements:

  • 512MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 9GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
  • DVD drive or USB port.

Notes:

  • The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
  • The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
  • The 64-bit ISO is recommend for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold in the last 10 years are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • This BETA release might contain critical bugs, please only use it for testing purposes and to help the Linux Mint team fix issues prior to the stable release.
  • It will be possible to upgrade from this BETA to the stable release.
  • It will also be possible to upgrade from Linux Mint 17.3. Upgrade instructions will be published after the stable release.

Bug reports:

  • Please report bugs below in the comment section of this blog.
  • When reporting bugs, please be as accurate as possible and include any information that might help developers reproduce the issue or understand the cause of the issue:
    • Bugs we can reproduce, or which cause we understand are usually fixed very easily.
    • It is important to mention whether a bug happens “always”, or “sometimes”, and what triggers it.
    • If a bug happens but didn’t happen before, or doesn’t happen in another distribution, or doesn’t happen in a different environment, please mention it and try to pinpoint the differences at play.
    • If we can’t reproduce a particular bug and we don’t understand its cause, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to fix it.
  • Please visit https://github.com/linuxmint/Roadmap to follow the progress of the development team between the BETA and the stable release.

Download links:

Here are the download links for the 64-bit ISO:

A 32-bit ISO image is also available at https://www.linuxmint.com/download_all.php.

Integrity and authenticity checks:

Once you have downloaded an image, please verify its integrity and authenticity.

Anyone can produce fake ISO images, it is your responsibility to check you are downloading the official ones.

Enjoy!

We look forward to receiving your feedback. Many thanks in advance for testing the BETA!

The best Linux laptop: The 2016 Dell XPS 13





Make no mistake about it. The 2016 Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop is wonderful. It’s fast, its display is gorgeous, and, at less than three pounds, you can carry and code with it anywhere. But, oh, that price tag!
The system itself is powered by a dual-core, 2.2GHz 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6560U Skylake processor. This is one fast system. It’s meant for developers and they need all the speed they can get.
It boasts 16GBs of DDR3 RAM and a half a terabyte, PCIe solid state drive (SSD). This also helps make it a fast system.
How fast? Using the installed Ubuntu Linux 14.04.3 with its developer tools I was able to compile its Linux 3.19 kernel in about three minutes. If I’d optimized my tools I think I could have dropped that to less than two minutes.
Of course, you can compile Linux faster. To really compile in a hurry try an Intel Xeon E5 chip. But on a laptop? I don’t think you’re going to do much better.
The hardware is only part of the story here. Besides using Ubuntu 14.04 as its default operating system, this system is designed for developers. If you just need a system to roam the web or to do day in and day out office work, look elsewhere. This is a laptop by programmers for programmers.

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-best-linux-laptop-the-2016-dell-xps-13/
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Treasure Hunter | Agility & Hunter Dummies

Head to Treasure Hunter to win the new types of elite skilling dummies!

Treasure Hunter | Agility & Hunter Dummies

Head to Treasure Hunter to win the new types of elite skilling dummies!

Fedora 22 end of life

As of July 19, 2016, Fedora 22 has reached its end of life for updates and support. No more updates, not even security fixes, will be provided for Fedora 22. Fedora 23 will be maintained with updated packages until approximately one month after the release of Fedora 25.

Upgrading to Fedora 23 or Fedora 24 is highly recommended for all users still running Fedora 22. For more information on upgrading Fedora, check out the DNF System Upgrade page on the Fedora Project wiki.

About the Fedora Release Cycle

The Fedora Project community provides updated packages for a Fedora release until about a month after the second following release. For example, updates for Fedora 23 continue until about a month after the release of Fedora 25. Fedora 24 continues to be supported until approximately one month after the release of Fedora 26.

The Fedora Project wiki contains more detailed information about the entire Fedora Release Life Cycle. This page includes how each version of Fedora progresses from development, to release, to post-release support, to end of life.

Skype for Linux Alpha Draws Cheers, Jeers


Microsoft last week introduced a new Web-based Skype for Linux client in alpha. Based on WebRTC, it uses Microsoft’s next-generation calling architecture. It lets users share files, photos, videos and new emoticons. Users will be able to call others using the latest versions of Skype on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. However, they won’t be able to make or receive calls using earlier versions of Skype for Linux. Microsoft also introduced an alpha version of Skype based on WebRTC for users of Chromebooks or the Chrome browser on Linux.

Development Release: OpenMandriva 3.0 RC1

Kate Lebedeff has announced the release of a new development snapshot for the OpenMandriva distribution. The new release candidate, OpenMandriva 3.0 RC1, introduces Chinese and Japanese translations, offers 32-bit (i586) support and fixes bugs in the GnuPG package. “Work for the RC1 has further improved stability and performance…..

LibreOffice developer interview: Winfried Donkers

Winfried Donkers LibreOffice developer

In this week’s developer interview, we talk to Winfried Donkers, a Dutch coder who has been using LibreOffice (and its predecessors) for almost two decades, and today works on Calc.

Where are you based, and do you work for a LibreOffice-related company or just code in your spare time?

I live in the Netherlands, in a small village in Zeeland, near the North Sea. My work is within cycling distance – I don’t drive cars any more. I contribute mostly in my spare time, but if people or companies want me to fix a bug in my ‘area of expertise’ I will spend some company time. The company I work for uses LibreOffice.

How did you get involved with LibreOffice?

I first used StarOffice in the 1990s, but that was just a short fling. I used OpenOffice.org since version 1.1, and the company I worked for at that time switched to OpenOffice.org somewhere between 2000 and 2002. The company I work for now used an old version of Microsoft Office and I managed to get the company to choose LibreOffice in October 2011 (I think). Around that time I personally chose to contribute to LibreOffice.

What areas of the code do you normally work on? Anything else you want to tackle?

I concentrate on Calc functions, both fixing bugs and adding new (missing) functions. I am happy with that; LibreOffice is quite complex and I would rather know one area well than many areas superficially. I am still learning a lot about Calc and its functions and I’m far from being an expert.

What is your vision for the future, or what would you most like to see improved in LibreOffice?

I would like LibreOffice to be one of the available, undisputed and fully-fledged office applications and not just a ‘cheap’ alternative to Microsoft Office. LibreOffice is much more than that. A better (more stable) Base would be welcome. I hardly use it because of hitches. But having said that, I cannot contribute to Base and the people working on Base are doing a great job, especially considering their limited time.

What do you do when you’re not working on LibreOffice?

In my spare time when I am not working on LibreOffice I like to sail. My wife and I have a sailing boat and I sail with my wife as well as alone a lot. Also I like to work on our boat, ‘restoring’ as it is a classic boat.

Thanks Winfried! And to any other interested developers reading this: join our community and help to make LibreOffice even better.

Distribution Release: Korora 24

The Korora distribution is a desktop oriented operating system built on Fedora. The Korora project has announced the availability of Korora 24 which is based on Fedora 24. The new version of Korora is available in four editions: Cinnamon, GNOME, MATE and Xfce. “Changes in Korora 24: Images….

Over-The-Air 12: Go Big! Wirelessly connect your tablet





More updates and improvements! Our latest OTA-12 has just landed and we’re excited that you can now wirelessly connect your M10 tablet to a monitor! This gives users the full Ubuntu PC experience running from your tablet. All the services running from your tablet are now available on the desktop through just a wireless dongle and no cables – giving you the full Ubuntu convergence experience – if you missed the above, check out the magic moment in the short video.

Plus! You can now install any Ubuntu conventional desktop app to use on your Ubuntu phone or tablet when a mouse and keyboard are connected. We have introduced a smart new solution to allow access to the many more desktop applications residing in the Ubuntu archive. Conventional Debian packages will also work. This solution uses the Command Line Interface to access the archive however using the Store interface to directly install a full range of desktop apps will soon be available. For an in-depth technical explanation of this process, please read this article.

Check out the key performance improvements to the Ubuntu phone and M10 tablet below:

General Features

  • Fingerprint reader setup and unlock for Pro 5

Convergence

  • Desktop Apps scope
  • M10 Wireless display (tech preview)
  • OSK for X apps (allows desktop apps to be used with an On Screen Keyboard)
  • Window management (touch friendly controls for windows)

Scopes

  • Post photo and video from previews
  • Video consumption from scopes

App Details

  • Webbrowser (continuing the improve the browser is an ongoing and important focus for us) particularly Zoom

OSK

  • Color emojis
  • Cellular data toggle in settings and indicator


To learn more about all the updates, click here.

Amazon Video now lets you download content to Android SD cards

Android users now have another, more convenient option to make use of their Amazon Prime Video subscriptions. Amazon pushed out an update that lets Android users download movies, videos, and other content from its Prime Video service to the SD cards in their handsets.
Previously, Amazon only allowed content to be saved to the internal storage on those smartphones. With this update, not only will users be able to save their internal storage for other content, but they could potentially download content to multiple SD cards, switch those cards in and out of their handsets, and watch all of that content offline. In addition to Amazon Prime videos, users can download any videos they’ve purchased to their SD cards.
This feature is something only Android users can take advantage of, since iPhones lack the requisite SD card slot. The feature is rolling out on Android tablets and smartphones starting today in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan.

Source: http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/07/amazon-video-now-lets-you-download-content-to-android-sd-cards/
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

MantisBT 2.0.0-beta.1 Released

MantisBT 2.0.0 release focuses on improvements to the UI compared to 1.3.x release. As of this release, the db schema is the same between 1.3.x and 2.0.0-beta.1, enabling users to easily try 2.0.0-beta.1 and provide feedback.

Modern UI

  • Bootstrap 3.3.6 is used as the basis for the new modern UI (#17919)
  • FontAwesome 4.6.3 is now used for icons instead of images (#17919)
  • New UI Is based on a theme contributed by Mohsen (#17919).
  • Mobile friendly responsive UI (#17919)
  • Drag and Drop files to attach them to issues (#19590)
  • Modern Graphs using Chartjs for better looking, more interactive, and easier to setup graphs. (#12825)
  • Most of the plugins were updated to be compatible with the Modern UI. Look for a branch named modern-ui (or check readme.md) on the plugin repositories.

Modern My View Page

Modern View Issues Page Modern View Issue Page

Deprecated Features

  • Custom Functions in favor of Plugins
  • News feature – already deprecated
  • Time tracking – already deprecated
  • Project Docs – already deprecated
  • Sponsorships – already deprecated

Removed Features

  • DB2 Support

Checkout the new release on mantisbt website and report any issues you may find via our official bugtracker.